More Torqueflite 727 info

Our quest for information on how to rebuild the T-407 (Torqueflite 727) transmission in our Scout II continues.

T-407 Transmission and Dana 20 Transfer CaseI have found the following links on the Internet that I would like to share with you:

We got the Transmission and Transfer Case out of the Scout last night and started cleanup.

The Fifty Dollar Paint Job

Maybe some of you have seen this before, but I just found it searching the internet and found it interesting.

The Fifty Dollar Paint Job

The guy has pictures of it three years out and I have to say, it doesn’t look bad in the pictures.  I can’t say for sure what it looks like up close, but for some of the old trucks we drive around just for fun, it might not be a bad option.


Do it yourself Auto Body Education

We have been burning the midnight oil so to speak hear at

We have done a couple of Frame Off restorations and some partial restorations in the past.  When I say we I mean I and Brad have done most of the cleanup work and mechanical work.  The body work was left to the body shop.

Body Panel Replacement DVDIf we want to continue to do any more restorations, we are going to have to learn to do the body work ourselves.  Like most of you, we can’t afford to drop $10,000 to $15,000 each time on a high quality paint job.

So we have been scouring the Internet and looking at this book and that book to get information on body work and painting.  We know it is probably just a matter of getting over the fear of doing it.

We finally found Kevin Tetz’s website.  If he looks familiar, you have probably seen him on Spike TV’s powerblock shows.  Brad purchased his whole line of DVD’s and I have been watching them at night before I doze off.  I have to say the tips are great and I feel a lot more confident about doing some body work on one of Brad’s projects and ultimately on the Scout II project.

I would reccomend you get your hands on a copy of his DVD’s and go over to the web site and log into the forums.  Kevin answers a lot of the questions posted himself.

Ultimately over the next 6 or so months we will find out if he can teach an old dog like RustyBucket to do body work and paint an old truck.

Till later.. RustyBucket

Gallery Update

I have moved all the files over that used to be in the gallery on the old web site.  It will take me a few more days to get the descriptions and owners attached the the pictures.

So please be patient if you see a picture of your truck in the gallery, but it is not identified.  After a couple weeks if it still isn’t correctly identified, use the contact form to let us know.


1972 Scout II Revitalization Part 1

Here we go again.  I just can’t seem to help myself.

A few months ago my son and I went past a local salvage yard, and there was a gold Scout II sitting in the yard waiting 1972 Scout II Project Preliminary - 4to be crushed.  Well you know that couldn’t happen, so my son Brad stopped in later to check on it.  It was a 1972 Scout II right hand drive.

We assume it was initially purchased by a local rural mail carrier.  The salvage yard owner said he had the title so we talked a little longer and he mentioned he had a 1973 Scout in another building.  My son likes the 73’s better, so we went and took a look at it.  It wasn’t in that bad a shape, so after a little dickering, the guy said “Why don’t you buy them both”.  To which we said “What kind of deal can you make us?”.

Long story short, Brad ended up with both of them at a reasonable price.  That was back in December.  We let them sit there until January  and one nice Friday afternoon we went out and drug them back through the snow to our building.

The ’72 was in better shape then the ’73 and Brad already has a 3/4 ton pickup project he is working on, so there they sit.  About two weeks ago I walked by the ’72 and thought “You know it would be fun to get that thing running and just tool around in it”.  Well Brad was more than eager to get it off his hands and after a little talking to the wife, the title is now in my name.

So I put some pictures of it in the gallery taken after we started some disassembly.  My intention is not to do a frame off restoration, but to kind of fix it as I go along.  We talked to the son of the Previous Owner and he told us that he drove it for a day after his father’s death and the transmission went out.  To that end we have the TF 727 half out of it now.  One of the  PO’s had done some weird exhaust work on it and I have to cut that out before I can wrangle it and the transfer case out.

So I will post some pictures as I go along and maybe do a tech article or two on it.

Stay tuned, it will most likely be a fun ride!


The Gallery is now open

The photo gallery is now open.  I will be digging out some of our old photos of projects and such over the next couple of days.

In the meantime, if you want to post a fresh photo of your ride, go into Gallery->User Rides and upload a photo.  If it is appropriate, we will show it in the user rides section of the Gallery.

If we really like it, we will use it for some feature in an upcoming post.

If you have a Project that you are working on and want to show detailed steps to complete it, use the contact form and we will setup a special Project gallery for you.

Looking for Moderators/Articles

This is your chance to get in on the ground floor.  We are looking for patrons who are experienced in any area of Classic Pickup Truck Restoration/Revitalization who would want to submit articles and moderate our forums.

If you are interested, first sign up for an account.  Then use our contact form to send us a brief bio and areas of specialty that you would be interested in helping out with.

We will then get back to you with more information.

Keep on Truckin…..